This is not a place just for yoga fanatics. Flexibility training is a vital component to a healthy body no matter what the goal. Be it muscle building, strength training or endurance, a flexible body is an injury free body. There are two types of stretching: dynamic and static.
The body’s movements are limited by the skeletal structure as well as the muscular structure. Stretching improves the range of motion by elongating (stretching) connective tendons and muscle fibres.
Your body moves through the flexing and relaxing of muscles which are attached to your bone structure with tendons. When a muscle flexes, the muscle fibres tighten, thus pulling on the tendon, using the bone as leverage.
The benefits of stretching:
- Reduces stress and tension developed through heavy resistance training
- Assists with posture by balancing muscle tension around joints
- Reduces the risk of injury during exercise since muscles are more pliable as well as acts as active recovery/cool down
- Improves performance in everyday use as well as in sport
- Increases range of motion for improved athletic performance
Frequency of Flexibility Training – 7 days a week or at bare minimum, following every workout
Intensity of Flexibility Training – Stretching should never be painful. You should feel slight tension in your focus muscle and you should maintain relaxed breathing throughout.
Duration of Flexibility Training – Following your workout, your body need at least 5 – 10 minutes of stretching.